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Better Homes and Gardens October 2013

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1 min.
between friends

We Can Fix That! Let me say from the outset that I love my house—my 1970s, average-size, lightly remodeled, perfect-for-parties house. After 14 years of chipping away at improvements, however, a few trouble spots remain that make me love it just a little less: Not enough storage. Too much high-maintenance lawn. And a hall floor that squeaks, no matter how gingerly you step. Every house has its sore spots, but this issue should help you cross at least a few off your list before the leaves are off the trees. Our home section features uncommonly practical solutions for common problems, like outdated wood paneling and storage-starved bedrooms. Apartment Therapy blog founder Maxwell Ryan—joining us this month as a regular columnist—weighs in with ways to use your overlooked spaces (page 52). We’ve…

1 min.
win $10,000 & get organized

Fight the clutter with the $10,000 grand prize in our Get Organized Sweepstakes! See the entry details on page 195. Enter daily at BHG.com/WinOrganize Dinner made easy IRRESISTIBLE BBQ SLOW COOKER RECIPES This delicious roundup includes slow-cooked barbecue ribs, brisket, pork, and chicken that you can savor any time of year. BHG.com/BBQSlowCooker YUMMY FALL COMFORT FOOD DONE RIGHT Tasty and satisfying, these fall recipes feature in-season ingredients in comforting combinations for cool-weather meals. BHG.com/FallComfortFoods OUR FAVORITE APPLE PIES AND TARTS Whether you’re making your first apple pie or you are a baking pro, we’ve got all the best recipes for you. Find a new favorite today! BHG.com/BestPies blog we love SARAHHEARTS.COM PROJECTS WITH PURPOSE Sarah Khandjian, creator of the blog Sarah Hearts, has always had a knack for practical yet fun designs. She started with handmade bags and apparel, then moved to…

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gatherings

HOPS SPOT Tonight, try a new take on the wine-tasting party. Set out a few artisanal brews and snacks, then let everyone choose a favorite pairing. Cheers to October! CENTER OF ATTENTION Dress up craftready gourds with milk paint. (Add shellac for shine on nonfood surfaces.) welburngourdfarm.com SO EASY! Tear off pieces of kraft paper for fun place mats that double as coasters. PARTY FLAVORS Sweet and savory snacks are the perfect mates for beer. Get our soft pretzel recipe on page 143. SET AN ARTISANAL MOOD These colorful fringe napkins are handmade, just like the beers at this party. $42 for six; auntieoti.com SIP AND TELL Guests can jot down their thoughts about each beer in take-home notebooks. Get our free template! BHG.com/BeerTemplate FILL ’ER UP Inspired to sample craft beers from local breweries? This stylish growler could come in handy. $29.99; midwestsupplies.com Meet brewer…

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october

Cool cats The Internet Cat Video Festival, widely considered to be the Academy Awards of this time-devouring genre, makes tour stops this month in Rhode Island, Chicago, and Brooklyn. Thankfully, you need only travel as far as your computer to cuddle up to the current batch of celebricats. Check them out at walkerart.org, or better yet, host a viewing party. $8 billion billion The shocking amount Americans spend on Halloween—second only to Christmas in holiday outlay. This year, stretch the $80 a typical family shells out for decorations, costumes, and candy. Visit BHG.com/DIYHalloween for cool, crafty ideas. Lots of fun Trunk-or-treat? You read that right. A growing number of communities are skipping house calls for trunk-or-treating, where families park decorated cars in one neighborhood lot and pass out candy. “It feels like a festive tailgate,”…

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salt lake city, ut

PLANTER’S DELIGHT Contain yourself at Cactus & Tropicals, a plant-arium and event space that has spiked the succulent craze—with cactus! Take home one of their multispecies containers or assemble à la carte. For those playing at home, toss the terra-cotta and go for a taller, glazed cylinder for the latest take. 2735 S. 2000 E, 801/485-2542; cactusandtropicals.com REAL ROSY The Rose Establishment owner Erica O’Brien pours tasty cold brews—coffee steeped in lukewarm water, then served hot or cold. There’s no Wi-Fi, so grab a board game, sit in on a Coffee 101 class, or catch up with a friend sans screen. 235 S. 4th W, 801/990-6270; theroseestb.com BEST WESTERN Retail curation goes local at The Chalk Garden Co-op. Find everything from new-school chic (a Robert Rodriguez LBD) to cooled-up oldschool staples (Filson jackets). Housed in…

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tricked-out treats

GREAT PUMPKIN Dip in melted white candy coating and roll in orange nonpareils. Flatten and cut green gumdrops for top and black for face. STICK ’EM UP! Adhere candy pieces with melted white candy coating. GHOSTLY GOODY Lay thinly rolled white fondant over marshmallow. Press on black pearl sugar for eyes. Find ready-to-use rolled fondant at wilton.com. YUMMY MUMMY Dip in melted white candy coating, then wrap in strips of thinly rolled white fondant. Press on chocolate candies for eyes. POP TO IT! Use colorful paper straws as sticks. shopsweetlulu.com FRANKEN-TREAT Coat in melted green candy, use black gumdrops for hair and mouth, and apply chocolate candies for eyes and chocolate candy rolls for eyebrows and bolts. SKULL CANDY Press on chocolate chips for eyes and shape pieces of chocolate candy rolls into mouth.…